Definition of Hemlock

1. Noun. Poisonous drug derived from an Eurasian plant of the genus Conium. "Socrates refused to flee and died by drinking hemlock"

Generic synonyms: Phytotoxin, Plant Toxin



2. Noun. Large branching biennial herb native to Eurasia and Africa and adventive in North America having large fernlike leaves and white flowers; usually found in damp habitats; all parts extremely poisonous.

3. Noun. Soft coarse splintery wood of a hemlock tree especially the western hemlock.
Substance meronyms: Hemlock Tree
Generic synonyms: Wood

4. Noun. An evergreen tree.

Definition of Hemlock

1. n. The name of several poisonous umbelliferous herbs having finely cut leaves and small white flowers, as the Cicuta maculata, bulbifera, and virosa, and the Conium maculatum. See Conium.

Definition of Hemlock

1. Noun. Any of several poisonous umbelliferous plants, of the genera ''Conium'' (''Conium maculatum'' and ''Conium chaerophylloides'') and ''Cicuta''; the poison obtained from these plants. ¹

2. Noun. Any of several coniferous trees, of the genus ''Tsuga'', that grow in North America; the wood of such trees. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hemlock

1. a poisonous herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hemlock

1. 1. The name of several poisonous umbelliferous herbs having finely cut leaves and small white flowers, as the Cicuta maculata, bulbifera, and virosa, and the Conium maculatum. See Conium. The potion of hemlock administered to Socrates is by some thought to have been a decoction of Cicuta virosa, or water hemlock, by others, of Conium maculatum. 2. An evergreen tree common in North America (Abies, or Tsuga, Canadensis); hemlock spruce. "The murmuring pines and the hemlocks." (Longfellow) 3. The wood or timber of the hemlock tree. Ground hemlock, or Dwarf hemlock. See Ground. Origin: OE. Hemeluc, humloc, AS. Hemlic, hymlic. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hemlock

hemitruncus
hemizygos vein
hemizygosity
hemizygote
hemizygotes
hemizygotic
hemizygous
hemizygous vein
hemless
hemline
hemline theory
hemlines
hemlock (current term)
hemlock tree
hemlock water dropwort
hemlock woolly adelgid
hemlock woolly adelgids
hemlocks
hemloite
hemmed
hemmed and hawed
hemmed in
hemmel
hemmels
hemmer
hemmers
hemming

Literary usage of Hemlock

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1904)
"The first is dated January 7, 1808, in which Lewis says: "I seen Schmidt about the bark and hemlock I couldn't do any better with him than you offered he ..."

2. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents: Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"However, an old hemlock becomes very ragged and rugged in appearance; and dying, ... The hemlock branches are seldom broken by snow; they droop to let the ..."

3. Forest Products, Their Manufacture and Use: Embracing the Principal by Nelson Courtlandt Brown (1919)
"WESTERN hemlock Although of little present importance as a source of tanning materials, the two species of western hemlock (Tsuga ..."

4. Forest Products, Their Manufacture and Use: Embracing the Principal by Nelson Courtlandt Brown (1919)
"WESTERN hemlock Although of little present importance as a source of tanning materials, the two species of western hemlock (Tsuga ..."

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